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MSI-82 was built in Belgium.

Merksem call sign:
Oscar - Romeo - Hotel - Mike

MSI-1 Class Inshore Minesweeper: Laid down as MSI-82 by the Mercantile Marine Yard, Kruibeke, Belgium; Commissioned as Merksem (M 476); Decommissioned in 1992 and sold to a Mr. Wood of Portsmouth, England for conversion to a dive yacht. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 120 t.; Length 112'; Beam 23'; Draft 8'; Speed 15 kts; Complement 21; Armament one twin 20mm Oerliken; One Mercedes Benz V12 700kw magnetic pulse generator and two 6-cylinder Gardiner 60kw diesel generators; Propulsion two 700kw Mercedes Benz V12 diesel engines, reduction to one shaft.

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Size Image Description Source
MSO-516 63k F. Bovesse (M 909), ex-MSO-516) and Merksem refuelling from Zinnia (A 961) Fritz De Loddere
MSI-82 56k . .
MSO-499 113k 7 December 2003
Zeebrugge, Belgium
De Brouwer (M 904), ex-MSO-499; F. Bovesse and Merksem
Paolo Marsan

There is no DANFS history currently available for MSI-82.
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen

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